From the Reporter
The Big Picture
The Otay Water District’s board of directors has pushed the boundaries of a legal loophole allowing its members to meet in secret and escape public scrutiny.
What’s Allowed
Public agencies can form temporary committees to address specific tasks in specific timeframes. They don’t face the same disclosure requirements as more common standing committees.
What’s Different at Otay
Two of its recent temporary committees weren’t very temporary. One existed from 2007 to 2010. Another has addressed numerous topics. Exactly what remains a secret because the district redacted its agendas.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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